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Washington vs. NY Rangers,
03/03/2019 12:30 EDT,
Score: 3 - 2
Money Line: -155 Washington
8* Washington (12:35 ET): The Capitals enter the day in a first place tie w/ the Islanders for first place in the Metro. The Isles will play later in the afternoon (host Philly), so getting two points here is a necessity for the team from the Nation's Capital. The Metro has developed into quite the tight race, but the Caps have definitely stepped up recently w/ three consecutive wins. The latest was against the Islanders (at home) Friday and the first of the three was against today's opponent, New York's "other team." The Rangers have lost three in a row in what continues to be a lost season for them.
In their three straight losses, NY has given up 14 goals. This is not a good team nor was it expected to be coming into what was generally regarded as a "rebuilding" season. The irony is things could be even worse were it not for a league-leading six shootout victories. But a little further irony here is that extra time has not been kind to the Blueshirts when facing Washington. They have not beaten the Capitals since December of 2017, losing five straight times to their division rivals w/ three of those defeats coming in OT. Overall, they are 0-6-1 vs. the Capitals in the last seven meetings.
Alex Ovechkin's eight-game point streak is what's grabbing the headlines in D.C., but really the Caps are getting contributions from just about everyone. Their last 16 goals have come from 11 different players. Overall, the team is 10-4-1 its L15 games as it seems to have fully recovered from a seven-game skid in late January. They are the sixth highest scoring team in the league right now. They tallied six goals in the OT win over the Rangers exactly one week ago and quite frankly the Rangers were lucky to earn a point as they trailed by two goals in the third period and didn't get the equalizer until the final minute of regulation. 8* Washington